Today’s Headlines

  • SI Driver Arrested for Hit-and-Run That Killed Boy, 5, and Injured His Mother and Sister (News, Post)
  • Motorcyclist “Not At Fault” After Killing Pedestrian Crossing Queens Blvd in Sunnyside (WCBS, News)
  • Search Is On for Driver Who Killed Pedestrian, 25, in Jackson Heights Hit-and-Run (WNBC, DNA)
  • Guess Which Top Cop Is Cracking Down on Speeding in New York? (WCBS)
  • Off-Duty 76th Precinct NYPD Officer Arrested for Drunk Driving in Wrong-Way LI Crash (WCBSNews)
  • Straphangers: Half of Diverted R Train Riders Say Their New Commute Is Longer (NYT)
  • Silver Joins Maloney in Pressing MTA on Second Avenue Subway’s Next Phase (2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Boro Taxis: 1,300 On Road Now, 6,000 Total Permits This Year, 18,000 by 2015 (NYT, News, DNA)
  • City & State Talks Transportation With Sadik-Khan, Prendergast, Foye, and Squadron
  • Bensonhurst Merchants Fed Up With NYPD Placard Abusers Blocking Bus Stops, Hydrants (Bklyn Daily)
  • City Issued Fewer Parking Tickets in 2012; Top Ticket Scofflaws Each Owe $300,000 or More (Post)
  • Tappan Zee Funding Isn’t the Only Thing Andrew Cuomo Is Tight-Lipped About (TU)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Matthias

    I was happy to hear about a crackdown on speeding until I saw that it was only on highways where enforcement is already heavy, rather than on local streets where speeding is much more dangerous.

  • Reader

    Taken as a whole, most of these headlines read like a giant failure of the NYPD to adequately enforce the law as it pertains to speeding, parking, and street safety in general.

  • Kevin Love

    I agree. With a significant sub-theme of NYPD members are above the law themselves.

  • Bolwerk

    Please, Mr. Cuomo, for the good of your state, initiate a grody sex scandal and resign already!

  • Joe R.

    So we’re making speeding enforcement a priority in the one place it really doesn’t matter because highway speed limits are set far too low. This will only serve to decrease the respect of drivers for speed limits in general. A sane policy first would have gotten rid of the NYS legislated 65 mph maximum speed limit, and then set the speed limits on expressways at the 95th percentile, rounded up to the nearest 5 mph. On then would speeding enforcement make any sense. As things stand now, it’ll be seen as a money grab.

  • Anonymous

    My fear is that if you set the speed limit to the 95th percentile, it would become the new 0th percentile, given that drivers here seem to think that the speed limit is the required minimum speed! 😉 Perhaps people would drive more slowly if there were no speed limit than if you set it to, say, 80 mph. Just like sometimes you end up eating less at an all-you-can eat establishment that at a place with fixed (but huge) portions…

  • Joe R.

    It only seems like the speed limit is the minimum speed because current highway speed limits are set at something like the 5th percentile, meaning 95% of drivers feel safe exceeding them (and do in the absence of saturation enforcement). Numerous studies have shown that most drivers will drive no faster than the speed they feel safe or comfortable driving at, even if the speed limit is set higher than that speed. In practical terms, for 95% of drivers, no speed limit would have the same effect as a speed limit set at the 95th percentile.

    Obviously for local streets the situation is different. For one thing, you set limits on local streets at the 85th percentile, not the 95th. Another problem is even if speed limits on local streets were set properly, with current street designs the speeds would be unsafe around pedestrians. Long term then it’s imperative to redesign local streets to get 85th percentile speeds under 30 mph.

  • Andrew

    “It’s one day a week, just a couple hours, it’s not bad,” said the officer, who declined to give his name.

    Between 9 am and 2 pm (which is more than “a couple hours”), 15 buses are scheduled to serve that bus stop.

    Everybody getting on and off those 15 buses at that location have to step into traffic.

    Certainly seems pretty bad to me. If I were to park my hypothetical car at a bus stop for long enough to block 15 buses, I’d certainly get a ticket.

    If the unnamed police officer and his colleagues are unable or unwilling to find legal parking for their personal cars, perhaps they should consider using transit. Rumor has it that the B64 bus stops in the area.